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'Space science, technology key to nation building'

The Nation logo The Nation 2019-05-13 Nigeria - The Nation

Minister of Science and Technology Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, has said space science and technology are key components of nation-building.

He called for more investments in those areas.

Onu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), yesterday in Jos that government must promote research and innovations in space technology to enable Nigeria to compete favourably with developed nations.

NAN reports that Onu was in Plateau to inaugurate the Pozzolana Cement Plant and Skills Acquisition Centre, both in Jos, as well as some projects at the Centre for Remote Sensing in Bokkos.

He said: 'The gap between us and developed countries is very wide; for us to catch up, we must invest in space research and innovations.

'Computer technology is key to virtually all forms of technology, from robotics, artificial intelligence and their likes.

'If we are able to master space science and technology, it will be easy for us to close the gap and place our country on the path of growth and development,' he said.

Onu said the ministry was promoting research at various levels, adding that its various research centres had been performing optimally in that regard.

He, however, said that the country was yet to attain its peak in terms of science and technology, but that with the right vision, commitment and dedication, the country would get it right.

The minister said Nigeria was partnering with China, India, United States of America, United Kingdom, among others, toward promoting science and technology in the country.

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